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Measuring Quality in Communication Doctoral Education Using Network Analysis of Faculty-Hiring Patterns

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This research examines the prestige of doctoral degree programs in communication based on a network analysis of program links among 102 doctoral programs and 2,194 tenure-track faculty members. University of Wisconsin–Madison (Journalism & Mass Communication), Michigan State University (Communication), University of Texas-Austin (Communication Studies), and University of Illinois (Speech Communication) are the top four programs in terms of placement centrality in communication. Centrality of programs in this network, measured by out-degree, closeness centrality, and eigenvector indices, is positively related to subjective prestige ratings of faculty and department chairs ( Neuendorf, Skalski, Atkin, Kogler-Hill, & Perloff, 2007). Faculty size was also related to network centrality and interdisciplinarity of program. Further, centrality of programs is positively related to program prestige controlling for faculty size.

Cette recherche examine le prestige des programmes doctoraux en communication à partir d’une analyse de réseaux des liens entre programmes, auprès de 102 programmes doctoraux et de 2 194 membres du corps professoral dans un poste menant à la permanence. Le programme « Journalism & Mass Communication » de l’University of Wisconsin-Madison, le programme « Communication » de Michigan State University, le programme « Communication Studies » de l’University of Texas-Austin et le programme « Speech Communication » de l’University of Illinois sont les quatre meilleurs programmes en matière de centralité de placement en communication. La centralité des programmes dans ce réseau, mesurée par demi-degré extérieur, centralité de proximité et centralité de vecteur propre, est directement proportionnelle aux classements subjectifs de prestige du corps professoral et des directions de département (Neuendorf, Skalski, Atkin, Kogler-Hill & Perloff, 2007). La taille du corps professoral était aussi liée à la centralité du réseau et à l’interdisciplinarité du programme. Enfin, en tenant compte de l’effet de la taille du corps professoral, la centralité des programmes s’est révélée directement proportionnelle au prestige du programme.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607, USA 2: Department of Communication, University at Buffalo (SUNY), Buffalo, NY 14260-1060, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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